Six questions for
Talisa Lallai

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Talisa Lallai.

Artist Talisa Lallai
Lives in Düsseldorf

How do you describe your own art practice?

I combine my own photographic and film material with found footage from private slide collections, vintage magazines and convolutes of commercial photographs to summarize certain moods and atmospheres in installations and exhibitions. The subjective perception of a place is more important to me than capturing reality.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

My work revolves a lot around traveling. On the one hand this means real trips like going to Italy, where my family comes from. One the other hand, I’m interested in imaginary journeys, which arise through the imagination of places or through impressions from literature and music. I particularly focus on idealizations and stereotypes of the South in general and what ideas and images it evokes in us.

What was your first experience with art?

My parents always dragged us into churches when we were traveling. The impressive frescoes and paintings in Italian churches were probably the first encounters I had with art.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

I am often inspired by places or situations that I encounter by chance. Sometimes a photo, a detail or a song is enough to fascinate me so much that it serves as the starting point for an entire exhibition.

What do you need in order to create your work?

My camera, analogue film material and a plane ticket to the South.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

Lately the photographs of the Italian artist Guido Guidi had an impact on me. In his two-piece volume ‚In Sardegna‘ he combined photographs from two trips to Sardinia, that happened forty years apart. The way he captured his personal view of the island mainly through details impresses me.

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